May 2010 Blog Posts (10)

Mapping/Building our assets

Most of you know that I'm on my way to the Philippines for an art exhibition that focuses on community development. Today, I had a long layover in Hong Kong and took the time to meet with Sui King Chung of the Community Museum Project. We had a long talk about community assets and were able to walk around several areas of Hong Kong that they have been working to preserve.

Community Museum Project (hkcmp.org) has done amazing job of documenting and facilitating community assets…

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Added by Matthew Slaats on May 28, 2010 at 2:40am — 1 Comment

Just a Little Something to Boost Our Egos..

I came upon this blog post about why community building can be good for you. Just thought I'd share to give us even more reason to keep on going!



Eight ways community building can be good for you

1. It increases your social…

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Added by Allie Bernhard on May 18, 2010 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Kids care too!

My name is Mallory--and I am a student at Vassar. I was really struck at the meeting

last night at the general sentiment by some people that 'kids don't

care about this community,' and that 'we don't care about the kids'.

While this may be true in some respects, I think there are a lot of

really neat things going on that people might just not know about.



Some students at Vassar who I know along with students from Poughkeepsie

High School, FDR High School and… Continue

Added by Mallory Easton on May 13, 2010 at 5:34pm — 5 Comments

Middle Main as Inspiration

I was inspired by attending my first Middle Main Community Meeting. The presentation by the Vassar students was insightful and can become a helpful tool for revitalization, and the coming events are also exciting.…


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Added by Ty Marshal on May 12, 2010 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Middle Main as destination

Love this for the Middle Main neighborhood in Poughkeepsie. We've got all the pieces - the people, the businesses, the energy...now we've got to get them all working together, but I think we could achieve similar results as Hartford. This is all about using what you've got and making the most of it, and creating something distinctive, community-based, and sustainable. No need to raze a neighborhood and start over with new development - I really believe we've already got the stuff we need right… Continue

Added by Elizabeth Celaya on May 11, 2010 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Why Cities Matter

Here is an article on how important cities are to the economy and American life. Documents the "anti-urban bias" in federal legislation. It's a good thing to point out that even though we are working locally, all of the policies that come out of Washington will have an effect on us, sometimes indirectly. To do this type of community development, or even housing development under Hudson River Housing, one has to understand and be aware of the policies in…

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Added by Allie Bernhard on May 10, 2010 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Rochester study to explore turning blight into farm plots

Wow, gotta hand it to the Rochester Common Council - allocating $60,000 during these difficult economic times for an urban community farming initiative.

http://rocnow.com/article/local-news/20104140336

Added by Jeremy Doxsee on May 10, 2010 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

Patti Smith Likes Poughkeepsie

I wanted to pass along as an interesting bit of news that has been coming to me from a multitude of people who know I'm involved with Middle Main.


In a public interview in NYC last week, Patti Smith, the famed musician, was asked if it was still possible for a young artist to come to New York City and do what young…
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Added by Matthew Slaats on May 9, 2010 at 5:05pm — No Comments

support

I agree that this type of support will do alot to move both renovation and involvment forward. It also lets the City Government know that you are serious about your area succeeding and puts them in a position to help your cause

Added by Robert Baxter on May 5, 2010 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

Buy Local!

This article highlights the "buy local" movement and advocates for more people to go out of their way to purchase within their communities. When we purchase items, we are making economic statements, as well as unconscious political and social ones. Now with the Farmer's Market opening, we should be sure to put our money into our own community.



Even more of a reason to have a local restaurant hop soon! :…



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Added by Allie Bernhard on May 4, 2010 at 10:14pm — 1 Comment

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